A few years ago, there was this cool demo of a new desktop metaphor where your files were actual objects you could shove around, stack, fan out, pin to the sides and stuff.
Me, I am hardly ever looking at my desktop. Usually there’s a game going on, or I’m working in Photoshop, or just browsing the web — but I’m hardly ever just arranging icons on my desktop, and that seems to be all this program really did. To be honest, all I really need in a desktop is… hmm… launching programs that aren’t used enough to make it into my Start menu, I guess.
Anyway, it was finally released a couple of days ago, there’s a free demo version, so I figured, why not?
And … it’s pretty cool at keeping my desktop icons organized. I told it about some picture folders I had, and it puts a slideshow of those folders up on the wall. I dumped a bunch of game screenshots onto the desktop and it organized them into neat piles. I put some frames from the comic I was working on there, and it looked cool.
I tried to drag stuff to the Twitter widget to automatically post it, but it insisted (wrongly) that I was giving it an incorrect user id or password, so that test didn’t go smoothly.
It’s a neat idea, but I wonder if it rises about merely a gimmick. The kind of stuff BumpTop does well, is not the kind of stuff I spend much time doing.
Anyway, judge for yourself — video embedded below.